|Melody Maker||19-Jan-1980||Steve Taylor||1||POSITIVE||42|
|Record Mirror||19-Jan-1980||Mike Nicholls||1||POSITIVE||35|
|Smash Hits||7-Feb-1980||Red Starr||1||POSITIVE||40|
|Trouser Press||1-Apr-1980||Stephen Grant||1||6||POSITIVE||45||219|
Above is the results of the MetaReview I carried out of John Foxx ‘Metamatic’ in 2010.
The idea was to look at each review that was published of the album on its original release in January 1980 and upgrade the star rating to a common system against which I could measure all the reviews. That’s the figure in the Column 7. It’s based on positive or complimentary phrases used, buzzwords and a general air or feeling expressed by the reviewer. The mark is out of 50.
Using that score, I then simply divided by the number of reviews considered and came up with an average.
That average is shown in the top line, and determines the banding I applied to the album
41 – 50 = Considered EXCELLENT
31 – 40 = Considered GOOD
21 – 30 = Considered FAIR
11 – 20 = Considered POOR
0 – 10 = Considered RUBBISH
Of course, this is all for fun and based mostly on my own judgement. I like to think it is a fairly objective system but who knows.
But it seems to have worked out. After Metamatic, John Foxx was largely condemned in the UK Music Press in the 1980s, though he did fare much better overseas. Germany and Japan in particular gave him high regard As I can only read English, the only reviews I have considered are those published in the English language (from UK, Australia or US), so there is some bias there I suppose.
I just want more foreign language reviews.
So if you have any, please submit them to form part of the official archive at Metamatic . com